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FLEXO Magazine : April 2009
FTA TODAY Purpose and Planning Leadership Councils Help Focus FTA to management and members alike. For those who don’t know, the SPI Leadership Councils were created in 2005 to provide fo- cus, develop goals and defi ne objectives for the Association. The Councils consist of FTA members from specifi c segments—wide web, newspapers, narrow web, envelope, and corrugated print- ers; as well as consumer products companies, education, prepress providers and supplier. They operate as “think tanks,” develop- ing ideas for projects and topics of exploration specifi c to their respective segments. Through this, FTA aims to increase its value incorporating these ideas into action plans that are carried out through its various business units and committees. Projects and plans in the works by the various Leadership T Councils are outlined on the following pages. Participation is open to all FTA members. For more information or to join a Council, contact the respective Council Leader or FTA staff liaison using the information on page 11. Consumer Products Companies: Under the guidance of Council Leader Barry Thompson (RR Donnelly), the CPCLC has stressed the importance of partnering with other Councils to help them understand the needs and desires of printers/converters. Projects/Goals: • A joint call with the Corrugated Council to talk about how to be more competitive in that segment. • Research on how to write an RFP. • Project on training and certifi cation. Corrugated: Working with International Paper’s Dave Nunez as Council Leader, articles appeared in FLEXO’s Sept. and Oct. 2008 issues, as well as in Corrugated Today, about the Corrugated Leadership Council activities. Nunez has also been active on the Forum committee and FLEXOeditorial advisory committee, inte- grating SPI activities through both mediums. Projects/Goals: • Increase corrugated/linerboard-specifi c content in FLEXO and at FFTA Forum. 10 FLEXO APRIL 2009 here is no room for wasted time and money in a global market like the one we all work in today. That is why FTA’s Strategic Planning Initiative (SPI) has become so important • Increase visibility of and participation in FTA Excellence Awards from this segment. • Analysis assessment of FTA Excellence Awards categories pertaining to this segment. Education: John Meyer of Western Michigan University leads the Council. With 18 high schools and 29 post-secondary schools all actively seeking a voice, all current eff orts are focused on how best to organize the council. Envelope: Lon Robinson, Tension Envelope, fi lls the role of Council Leader. The group, since early in its existence, has been working with the Envelope Manufacturers Association on many of its endeavors. Projects/Goals: • Survey of FTA and EMA members, as well as machine vendors. • Ongoing discussion on running G7 profi les on envelope machines. Narrow Web: With Bob Holmes of Pollard Banknote Ltd. at the helm, the Council has focused eff orts on recruiting new members. Training and technical resources are key areas of interest so far. Projects/Goals: • Discussed using FTA resources to have an article or series of articles in FLEXOabout treating of stock and the diff erent applications. • Interest in getting narrow web members more involved in TEST. Newspaper: According to Council Leader Frank Anthony, Chattanooga Times Free Press, the newspaper fl exo plate supplier issue has had some movement. Toyobo is still testing a new plate for the newspaper market. A survey of U.S. printers had good re- sults. An Italian version is complete and being distributed. Prepress: Mike Orcutt, R.R. Donnelly, has led the Council through the early stages of several goals, working with printer councils on more than one. The group presented initial plans for a www. f le xography. org